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NDLEA Thwarts Bandits’ Dangerous Scheme in Niger State with Explosive Intercept

The National Drug Law Enforcement Agency (NDLEA) has successfully intercepted a shipment of 32 pieces of Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) destined for a bandit camp in Niger State. The operation, carried out by NDLEA operatives, took place along the Wawa road in Kainji, Niger State on Monday, May 22. The timely seizure occurred just days before the May 29 Presidential inauguration and the swearing-in of the new administration across the nation.Brigadier General Buba Marwa (retd.), the Chairman of the NDLEA, wasted no time in taking action following the discovery. He promptly ordered the immediate transfer of the suspect, Musa Muhammadu, who was apprehended with the explosives, to the military for further investigation.Femi Babafemi, the spokesperson for the NDLEA, released a statement on Sunday, providing details of the incident. The agency has been intensifying its operations in drug hotspots and transportation routes across the country in preparation for the upcoming inauguration ceremonies. According to Babafemi, the intercepted consignment of 32 IEDs was intended for use by bandits operating in Niger State.In a separate operation, officers from the Directorate of Operations and General Investigation of the NDLEA seized a shipment bound for Cyprus in Europe. The package, discovered at a courier company in Lagos, contained 379 grams of methamphetamine cleverly concealed in the false bottom of six black soap containers. The carton housing the soap containers was disguised as local hand fans.Babafemi also highlighted other recent successes in the fight against drug trafficking. In Adamawa State, NDLEA operatives arrested a Cameroonian national named Ndawai Ngalou during a routine stop-and-search patrol. Ngalou was found in possession of a pair of Nigerian Army camouflage uniforms, bearing the name ‘Sunday U,’ as well as two ATM cards belonging to Turaki Mohammed and Ekene Izuegunam.Furthermore, the NDLEA apprehended two women, Bilkisu Yusuf (33) and Kauna Katsina (25), in Ningi town, Bauchi State. The women were caught with 11,080 pills of tramadol. Another individual, Uche Shadrach (22), was arrested along the Okene-Lokoja highway in Kogi State, while transporting 20,480 pills of tramadol from Onitsha, Anambra State to Minna, Niger State.In Lagos, two suspects named Surajo Adamu and Muhammad Ali were apprehended with a staggering 379,200 tablets of Diazepam in the Alimosho area. Additionally, the NDLEA’s command at the Murtala Muhammed International Airport received 22 cartons of Tramadol 225mg, weighing 1,144.30 kg, and 12 cartons of Tramadol 120mg, totaling 320kg. These shipments, consisting of 2,317,400 pills in total, were transferred to the agency by the Airport command of the Nigeria Customs Service.In yet another operation, NDLEA operatives, supported by personnel from the Nigerian Army, the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), and the Police, raided Abbi town in Ndokwa West Local Government Area of Delta State. The operation resulted in the arrest of three suspects: Eunice Eneh (52), Animan Ifeoma (26), and Chuks Webema Dennis (35). The combined efforts led to the confiscation of 343.9kg of cannabis from the individuals.Finally, the agency successfully captured a wanted suspect, Ozoemena Egbochue (38), at the Swali market in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State. This arrest followed the earlier capture of Egbochue’s sales boy, Morgan Eredeowei, who was found with 11,748 pills of tramadol and diazepam.The NDLEA continues to demonstrate its unwavering commitment to curbing drug trafficking and associated criminal activities. These recent operations signify the agency’s relentless efforts to maintain security and safeguard the nation ahead of significant events, such as the Presidential inauguration.


Ademola Adeyemi

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